When I heard the news Tuesday morning I immediately thought it's another win/win day for Michigan State's national basketball image. The Spartans opened last season nationally against North Carolina on the Carl Vinson in San Diego with President Obama in attendance. Now MSU opens nationally the first game November 9th at Ramstein Air Base in Germany against Connecticut and this is a game MSU should be favored to win.
The Spartans were invited by ESPN and why turn it down? It's more positive publicity for a program that the nation considers elite, otherwise MSU wouldn't be involved in these affairs. It's a tough start-- a game in Atlanta against Kansas follows a few days later. But MSU becomes a better team for tough games and the limelight can only help in recruiting.
And I think it's either MSU or Duke for Chicago superstar Jabari Parker who may decide his college choice in November. MSU's freshmen last year opened their college career meeting the President; this season's freshmen open at a German air force base. Not many U-S basketball programs can boast of such worldly experiences-- or as I say, another win/win for MSU's basketball image.